A Minnesota man who lost his eyesight to a degenerative retinal disease got to see his wife of nearly 50 years for the first time in a decade thanks to a bionic eye.
Allen Zderad, 68, put on a pair of dark glasses with a camera near the bridge of the nose. Even though his vision is crude, he will have no problem telling his wife apart from anyone else, according to the clinic.
Zderad said…“It’s easy, she’s the most beautiful one in the room.”
The shades contain just part of the prosthetic device that shoots light wave signals past the damaged retina, straight to the optic nerve. In January, Raymond Iezzi, MD, an ophthalmologist, implanted a small chip and wires into Zderad’s right eye during a surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Second Sight Inc. created the technology that is turning Zderad’s life around, but he still needs to undergo hours of physical therapy to get the maximum benefit.
“Allen was the 15th in the United States and the first in Minnesota to receive it,” Mayo Clinic spokesman Bob Nellis said.